Looe, Cornwall

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What do you get when you combine one of the top New Year’s Eve locations in the UK with a music festival? The answer: one hell of a beach party.

In its third year, Looe Music Festival 2013 is set to be the best yet, with bands from glam-rock giants The Darkness to new talent reinventing the genres of dance and hip-hop.

If Rock’s your jam there are plenty of bands to wrap your ears round like Brit rockers Reef, who have their roots firmly planted in West Country soil, and Simon Townshend (brother of that guy in The Who).

Joining Reef are Land of the Giants, PJP Band, James Robinson, Jessica Sweetman, The Simmertones and The Oggymen (I’m willing to put a fiver on plenty of ‘Oy-oy-oy-ing’ in that crowd) to name a few who’ll be putting Cornwall & Devon on the musical map.

For all you mellow-heads Looe is teeming with acoustic and folk acts such as fiddle maestro Seth Lakeman who performs beautiful ballads as well as whirly high-tempo reels written about his stomping-ground Dartmoor, and Kola – a band whose soulful lyrics and gentle riffs create a sound which is at times upbeat, at times melodically mournful - perfect for dancing to in the sun ... or rain. Both are good.

If you’re more into your trip-hop, hip-hop, electro and dance, Looe’s playing host to a load of acts breaking genres & creating new ones. Check out Caned and Able and Dizraeli & The Small Gods who are both producing sounds that will get the beach jumping.

Whatever your taste, Looe Music Festival has sounds for you: rockabilly, SKA, blues, jump-jive, soul, punk, rock, indie, folk, bluegrass ... we have it, even down to the rockney randomness of Chas and Dave. Yeah really ... they’re coming.

It’s a quarter of the price of Glastonbury, it’s just down the road and there’s no mud. So swap your wellies for your flip-flops, grab a beer or two, lark around on the sand and enjoy one of the UK’s youngest up-and-coming festivals.

Check out the full line-up and grab your tickets now at looemusic.co.uk

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